Autumn Gifts ~The Pantry is Always Full.

Woodland Walk

Autumn has already begun as we feel the morning chill. Here in the last days of September in the UK we have had record rainfall as a months worth of rain fell in one day. My heart goes out to all those whose homes were flooded yet again in this unpredictable weather of 2012. 

But today the sun is shining as it once again lifts our spirits to the beauty of an autumn day, as the blue skies and golden leaves start to form upon the trees.

I’m just recovering from a virus infection which knocked me sideways for a while, but I am back to feeling better again and wanted to share with you some of the beauties of Autumn as I took a walk on the 12th of September.. seems an age ago now as I walked among my favourite Trees.. I snapped a few pictures along my walk. Blackberries 

Here are some of my all time favourite bramble fruits the Blackberry, I like nothing better than making a Blackberry Pie with a few Apples mixed in with either custard or cream..

Blackberry and Apple Pie

Here is a Pie I baked a while back as we have lots of Blackberries in our allotments, which I freeze..This one is one I made earlier Smile..I hope to add the recipe on my Recipe page shortly for those interested.

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 I just love Wild Roses and here are the Rosehips which are a very good source of vitamin C. Did you know that you can dry Rosehips, making a herb tea? ( which often get added to commercially produced herbal teas ) Also if you like a Winter Tipple  how about Sloe Gin? I personally cannot stand either the taste or the smell of Gin. But to make Sloe Gin go to my Recipe page I have added a simple recipe there which you can find Here if you scroll down far enough.. Hawthorn

Hawthorn grows in abundance in our hedgerows here, They delight us in the spring with their white blossoms and are full again this year of the Haws the red berries, a sure sign that the birds will have plenty to eat as Winter approaches. I didn’t know until I read in my Tree Book that you can eat the flesh of the Haws if you get rid of the stones, you can make a jelly by simmering the fruit with a few crab apples..

Elderberries

Elderberry is another hedgerow fruit well known for making Elderberry Wine. I well remember an Aunt of mine who made both Elderflower Wine and Elderberry Wine another good source of vitamins.

In my childhood and when my children were small We would often go Hazelnut picking, My Dad never went anywhere in late September without nutcrackers in his pocket Smile.. I loved picking the nuts and couldn’t wait until they had turned from their green to brown in their husks. And my childhood treat was to painstakingly shell these sweet nuts often immature to sprinkle with salt on a saucer and demolish in a matter of seconds.. I so love the memory of nutting with my Dad.. Along with collecting Chestnuts and walking in the early morning mists to find the Field Mushrooms… here is a nice link to the kind we used to find.

Dad was something of an expert in collecting Wild Mushrooms and he would provide many a villager with a heavy bag of field mushrooms, and I have known them to be as big as the frying pan . ( Note when eating wild Mushrooms you must be experienced in identifying them as there are many poisonous fungi which unless you know can be wrongly identiAcornsfied )

Lastly I took a few pictures of the Acorns.. From young Oak trees which lined the walk you see in the first picture, we noted that many had a fungal disease and seemed to be dying an many had these peculiar malformed Acorns on them and they were not like anything I have seen on trees here before. Deformed Acorns

Here are the growths on the Acorns in this Picture , I Googled Deformed Acorns and apparently its  known as a ‘Knopper Gall’ caused by a tiny gall wasp Andricus quercuscalicis. it is a recent colonist to Britain in the last 30 yrs or so, and was first spotted in Northamptonshire in 1961. You learn something new every day!..

I hope you enjoyed a little walk with me today… Its great that the Rain has stopped at last and its promising to be a good day tomorrow Saturday so I’m making the most of it and intent to go out in the Fresh Air again to blow the last of this Virus away before more Rain on Sunday.. 

Take care and Have a great weekend all of you ~Sue

 

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  1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 18:12:43

    *sigh* you have the most amazing walks Sue….I need to start again….
    I love Autumn…even here it is beautiful….still a little hot but it is slowly cooling off…
    I loved walking around Blue’s area (lancashire, blackpool, rishton?) he took me to so many beautiful woods, parks, gardens…
    your walk took me back there…
    I didn’t know you could eat Hawthorn berries either, if you make jelly, tell me what it tastes like Okay?
    my Elderberries have two seasons here…the flowers smell so good….
    the deer like them too it seems ….
    I do hope you are feeling better…but then I think your walk was probably the best medicine for you, it always is for me….
    I need to go wander outside a bit…
    Thank you Sue….
    always a pleasure to take a walk with you…
    Take Care…
    )0(
    ladyblue

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 29, 2012 @ 16:21:18

      Hi Ladyblue, lucky that your Elderberries have two Seasons, not so lucky that the Deer eat them.. Lancashire is a lovely place… Blackpool Ive been a few times mostly when I was younger… And Im back from another walk, no pictures this time, but I am glowing as the wind was pretty brisk..
      Thank you so very much LB for adding your most welcome thoughts I enjoyed your company along my walk 🙂
      Sue x

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  2. Visionkeeper
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 18:55:17

    Beautiful place to stroll along DW….You could be lost there and survive a while on all those yummy goodies…It is such a good feeling to walk along munching on this and that….Elderberries are wonderful for winter!!!! Keep those babies around…I am glad you are feeling better now. Go slow and recuperate at a calm pace. Keep the light glowing at OWR while I am gone. I shall miss everybody. Hoping for a few days of hearty laughing and good food 🙂 Take care and blessings to you….VK

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 29, 2012 @ 16:59:41

      Yes if you know where to look the Woodlands are a land of plenty, and thank you yes much rested and feeling much brighter now VK.. I hope you are enjoying your own relaxing time with your Company…and I will keep popping in and over LOL.. 🙂
      Love DW

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  3. eddietwohawks
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 20:13:26

    The blackberries and others look so very good all I can say is “wow”. The pie must have been yummy! I would give anything to have a piece right now! The abundant rain you had was good for something Dreamwalker. Now is the payoff.
    Eat well; live well. love always, Eddie

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 29, 2012 @ 17:24:34

      Yes the Pie was Yummy Eddie, Well the abundant rain spoiled alot of other crops this year Eddie as we also had the Wettest ever June on record, so we lost all strawberries, raspberries, and the brasica family suffered, the brussels-spouts have all blown and the cauliflowers and broccoli too..
      But we had a bumper crop of Runner Beans, Peas, Sweetcorn, and Blackberries have been fine too.. so swings and roundabouts as is always in nature…
      We are very lucky to be able to grow our own.. 🙂

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  4. Arjun Sharma
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 20:23:54

    arent those purplish fruits called mulberries? we had a tree in our backyard that had the sweetest ones. we would eat em till our lips turned purple 😀 nice to hear ur doing well Sue 🙂 happy autumn to u as well.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 29, 2012 @ 17:14:17

      Hi Arjun, why thank you for this honour of your visit, Many thanks, No Mulberries are a different fruit, but very similar in colour .
      Yes Autumn is a beautiful month when the trees turn golden and the sun shines on a crisp morning .
      🙂 Take care 🙂

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  5. Cat Forsley
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 21:54:57

    SOOOOOOOOOOOO GLAD you are feeling better !
    It shows here 🙂 🙂 🙂
    The Colours Popped out like Love
    🙂 what a beautiful walk you took your readers on 🙂
    i am going to go look / peruse your knitting again 🙂
    Just because I love it 🙂 And You always always always make me smile here xxx
    love you sue sue xxx
    C

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  6. Valentine Logar
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 22:33:59

    I am so pleased you are feeling better and back to outdoors again.

    Your pictures leave me breathless, despite my love of summer these are simply beautiful. Back when I could still tip now and again Gin was my drink of choice but I can simply not abide Sloe Gin, why ruin a good thing? But making your own, how ambitious!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 29, 2012 @ 17:31:26

      Val so sorry to decimate your favourite tipple.. Im sorry but GIn brings back so many memories as I associate it with my Mother.. I cannot stand the smell or taste of it.. But added the recipe as its a very simple one to make.. 🙂
      Thank you for enjoying my walk with me Val.. I loved having you with me.. 🙂
      Sue

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  7. jennygoth666
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 22:35:57

    sorry you havent been well dreamer fantastic blog felt like a real nature walk havent been too good either but sorting it now i love hazelnuts not so the blackberries i can remember the creepies that came out when washed as a child put me right off them i hope you have a lovely weekend im off to whitby a few days xjen

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 29, 2012 @ 17:44:24

      Jenny I still cannot get onto your Blog.. everytime it says this page is unavailable.. I dont know why that is ..

      Im laughing at the creepies in the blackberries..
      I soak them overnight in salted water if there are any small grubs they usually come out and I rinse very well and if not well added protean never hurt anyone LOL 🙂

      Enjoy Whitby… Dont get blown away!.. Hope you got your good boots with you too and Black Umbrella xxxx

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  8. Androgoth
    Sep 28, 2012 @ 23:03:23

    How do you mean ‘if We Are Interested?’
    Wow bring it on I want all of your recipes
    writing down Sue and don’t forget to add
    more pictures too mmmmmmmmmmmm
    I could just eat some right now with some
    custard, not too thick, noooo not me I am
    talking about the custard 🙂 😉 lol

    You are right about the rain it has been so
    wet this year but like you say we need to be
    thinking of all those that have been flooded
    out and worse, some houses are now being
    demolished as the foundations have been
    swept away, it’s quite unbelievable really 😦

    I like your posting Sue now go and fetch our
    umbrella and wellies out, I think an Autumn
    stroll is called for 🙂 Have a wicked weekend 🙂

    Andro xxx

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  9. bibuji
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 02:21:56

    This sommer might have been tough at your place…and here, too. Wish the beautiful season will sooth our hearts. So gorgeously colored autumn pictures, I like them so much.

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  10. Soma Mukherjee
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 05:51:18

    Autumn knocked here a bit late but oh the bliss…loving it ..although everywhere i look there is someone with cough cold and flu…
    Hey take care and wish you a lovely october 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 29, 2012 @ 18:52:20

      Hi Soma thank you, I love all Seasons, but when Autumn arrives in her glory of Golden hues and harvest I love that freshness as the chill starts to bite in the air.
      Yes here too many sniffs and snuffles but thankfully I am much Brighter..
      Wishing you well also 🙂

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  11. natswans
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 10:15:51

    I rather enjoyed that walk with you Sue simply wonderful. Yes I have heard about those mushrooms unless you know what you are looking for, be careful. as you say. It is set to be a good day today so I am popping outside into the garden. Cob nuts are coming along but no sign of any squirrels , very few and far between here.
    Great post thank you
    Enjoy your Saturday.
    Hugs Sheila xx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 29, 2012 @ 19:14:39

      Yes Sheila, my Dad lived in the country all his life and knew all about mushrooms and fungi and taught us children alot , We get alot of squirrels in the woods but not so many around our gardens here, and yet my daughter gets frequent visitors ..
      I enjoyed Saturday I hope you enjoy your Sunday too 🙂

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  12. davidtenn
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 12:48:45

    Great Pics Sue, so clear… can’t wait to get back home. Love David

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  13. gingerfightback
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 15:16:10

    Blackberry Crumble – I need some blackberry crumble

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  14. dontchawannadream
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 18:39:26

    Thanks for this lovely walk, Sue. I always say I hate Fall but I love these pictures!!! 🙂 And the pie of course 😉
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Xoxo

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  15. wolfgangpowerpoint.wordpress.com/
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 20:46:04

    A good weekend.
    Greeting, Wolfgang

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  16. Crowing Crone Joss
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 23:53:07

    thank you for sharing your walk with us. There’s nothing like a wander outside to make us stop and notice the beauty of our world. I love blackberries and never thought to mix then with apples. I do make a rockin’ blackberry and rasberry jam though. We have a lot of elderberries and for a few years I made them into jelly. Now I leave them for the birds and they seem quite appreciative as I am getting a greater variety of songbirds than ever. Take care of you!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 30, 2012 @ 12:14:15

      Now that Jam Joss sounds ‘rockin’ and the birds do have a feast on all the berries this time of year…Enjoy your Songbirds .. nothing sweeter than to be woken up with the Dawn Chorus.. 🙂

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  17. europasicewolf
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 00:29:34

    Great post Sue, full of interesting tips and snippets that bring Autumn nature to life in a most seasonally warming way! Lovely pics too this post has a real feel-good sense to it 🙂 Not to say your others don’t – but you know what I mean…I am a great lover of autumn 🙂 I hope you’ve recovered fully from your virus now, I nearly had one of my own on my laptop after my twitter account was hacked – it’s taken till now to sort it all out and now I have a cracking headache…maybe the virus got loose after all! Autumn -proper is very late arriving this year, they say it’s because of such a late patchy summer…I look forward to the leaves exploding in their arrays of colours eventually! In the meantime I loved the walk we went on with you – hope it cleared your head and left you feeling fresh and renewed, the virus swiftly banished! Oh…that comment about your dad not going out without a pair of nutcrackers made me smile 🙂 Autumn and nuttting go together so well 😉 Wolfie hugs, x

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 30, 2012 @ 12:17:00

      Yes I still have the nutcrackers too Wolfie, they hold lots of fond memories for me.. And glad you sorted out the Twitter virus..and hope the head-ache eased.. Yes I can’t wait until we get the leaves turning .. if they don’t all blow off first.. as its pretty windy out here today.. 🙂
      Sending you a Big Hug my Wolfie friend 🙂 xxx

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  18. wightrabbit
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 06:13:37

    Summer was certainly disappointing here, from a budding gardeners point of view but I’ve noticed many bushes laden with blackberries, recently ~ wild nature is obviously great at adapting to variable weather conditions! Sadly, my Mother’s old jelly pan won’t work on my induction hob, or I might be tempted to preserve some of nature’s harvest in jams and jellies, like she used to. Thank you for sharing your walk with us, Sue. I trust the virus will run it’s course soon, so that your energy can return. 🙂

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  19. Deb
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 14:06:04

    I’m very glad to hear you are feeling better now. 🙂
    I want to thank you for taking me on this fantastic and relaxing walk through your garden today. Everything look so healthy and delicious, and you have certainly put much of these goodies away in your freezer to make wonderful things through the fall and winter…just a blessing.
    I’m off now to see all the latest recipes you have to offer, as I know they will all be worth a try.
    Have a wonderful day, and stay well, my friend.
    ♥ xxx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Sep 30, 2012 @ 14:09:43

      Lovely to have you walk with me Deb, thank you for your visit, always lovely to see you,, Im busy walking through your paintings as we speak… and enjoying all your Autumn delights too 🙂 Hugs back and Thank you Im much improved 🙂 xxxxx Sue

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  20. Ruth Nina Welsh
    Sep 30, 2012 @ 19:11:37

    Such a lovely post Sue – I am late replying as I’ve been knocked sideways too. Improving slowly. The blackberries and pie looked super tasty! Take care my friend xx

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  21. brusselsislove
    Oct 01, 2012 @ 12:20:11

    Nice knittings and cake!

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  22. Sabina Brave
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:26:57

    I like autumn, and all its yummy stuffs. 🙂
    xoxoxo

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  23. summerrain63
    Oct 04, 2012 @ 07:10:42

    Such lovely pictures and somehow I find myself hungry now….a nice walk with you indeed….

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